London Luton Airport (LLA) has been awarded Level 3 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) scheme.
The ACA Scheme is a global carbon management framework for airports, managed by Airport Council International (ACI).
The framework is intended to help drive the reduction of carbon emissions across all areas of airport operations: from airport infrastructure to airlines, surface access providers, ground handlers and retailers.
LLA joined the ACA at the end of 2019 and has progressed to Level 3 in just 18 months, following its collaboration with key stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce emissions at the airport.
Overall, the airport reduced direct carbon emissions by over 30%, despite a 23% increase in passenger numbers between 2016 and 2019.
The airport has achieved this through activity such as:
- Switching to a 100% renewable electricity supply which includes sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power
- Upgrades to air handling units to increase efficiency, resulting in an annual reduction of over 3% of the total electricity consumption
- Reducing the number of lights across the site, and switching to more efficient LED equivalents
- And, installing a new heating system, resulting in 16% reduction in gas consumption
Commenting on the award, Alberto Martin, CEO at LLA said: “Achieving this Accreditation is a significant milestone for the airport in its sustainable growth journey.
“However, we know that there is more to do, and we remain committed to reducing our carbon emissions across both our operations and the site itself.
“We look forward to continue working with our partners, as we move towards our shared goal of making aviation as sustainable as possible.”
Olivier Jankovec, ACI EUROPE Director General, said: “I would like to congratulate the whole team at LLA for successfully achieving Level 3 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation.
“It is a testament to the work they have done in driving down emissions and, importantly, engaging with companies operating at its premises to drive down third-party carbon reductions too.
It is a challenging road ahead for the aviation industry, and significant efforts are required to make sustainable aviation a possibility.
“However, it is great to see that LLA is addressing this, and we look forward to seeing what’s next.”